'''John Donne''' ( ) (22 January 1572
– 31 March 1631) was an English poet and a clergy|cleric
in the Church of England. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets
. His works are noted for their strong, sensual style and include sonnet
s, love poems, religious poems, Latin
, songs, satires and sermon
s. His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor
, especially compared to that of his contemporaries. Donne's style is characterised by abrupt openings and various paradoxes, ironies and dislocations. These features, along with his frequent dramatic or everyday speech rhythms, his tense syntax and his tough eloquence, were both a reaction against the smoothness of conventional Elizabethan poetry and an adaptation into English of European baroque and mannerist techniques. His early career was marked by poetry...